Published on May 21st, 2013 | by Jennifer Kaplan0
What’s Green And Happening in California Wines
I’m always on the look out for new “green wine” trends. And now that I live here, I am especially interested in what’s happening in California. Two wineries have new offerings worth taking note of.
By choosing this 3L Premium Wine Cask versus 4 glass bottles, one can reduce packaging waste by at least 92% and carbon emissions by 55%. Eliminate heavy glass, expensive closures and corks (don’t have to worry about keeping the corks wet). With this package it is easier to store and more efficient to ship.
All true. Although its not clear exactly how sustainable Big Houses’ other practices are, they state that their wines ‘are created from hand-selected, individual lots’ and they strive to “stay true to the natural qualities of the grapes as much possible and make wines that are friendly both to foods and the people that consume them.” As much as possible… I’d like to know more. But boxing, oh sorry, casking wine is a great start.
I’ve often written about small, artisanal wineries that make their juice sustainably. But, for years the big players domestically have had a tough time of implementing sustainable practices. Bigger wineries that have done a great job include Hess and Coppola, but there really aren’t too many.
Now, from Red Truck, known for flavorful values, comes Green Truck—wines made from certified organic grapes. The award-winning Green Truck wine brand includes all-organic Petite Sirah, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Green Truck Wines are produced by Red Truck Winery of Sonoma and marketed nationally. I haven’t tasted it yet, but its great to see a big brand create an organic line that doesn’t scare people away.